Reflexology is defined as the application of pressure, stretch and movement to the feet and hands to affect the corresponding parts of the body. The feet and the hands are viewed as a mirror image of the body.
As pressure is applied to the feet or hands, it generates a signal through the peripheral nervous system, then enters the central nervous system where it is processed in various parts of the brain. The brain then relays the information to the internal organs to make the necessary adjustments in fuel and oxygen, which then sends a response to the motor system. The message is fed through the body and resets itself to a lower operating tempo, lessening the stress as well as wear and tear on the body’s systems.
Some issues Reflexology treatment can help include:
- Anxiety, depression, and stress
- Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
- Headaches and migraines
- Multiple sclerosis
- Cancer pain
- Increased fetal activity
- Foot edema during pregnancy
- After treatment, you may feel a deep relaxation, reduced stress, improved circulation and a revitalized energy
The benefits of Reflexology are:
- Increased energy
- Immune system boost through reduced stress
Overall, the main benefit of reflexology is a reduction of stress, because your feet and hands set the tension level for the rest of the body, and therefore, they are an easy way to interrupt the stress signal and reset the body’s equilibrium.